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Commentary available: Haiti two years after, what has changed

2012-01-09

TORONTO, January 9, 2012 – UNICEF Canada CEO David Morley is available to comment on a new report outlining progress delivering critical social services to children in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake.

Commentary available on the impact of donor dollars strengthening education and child protection services, improving health for mothers and newborns, treating and preventing malnutrition and ensuring families have access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

Since 2010 more than 5 million cubic metres (about half) of the rubble from the earthquake has been removed, almost two thirds of people have left overcrowded camps and 700,000 children are now in school. UNICEF has worked closely with local government, Haitian authorities and partner organizations on delivery of humanitarian relief, institutional re-building, development programs and advocacy initiatives.

In 2012 UNICEF is appealing to fulfill a $54 million funding gap to continue humanitarian programs, hurricane preparedness planning and long term development activities to encourage institutional reform.

David Morley has extensive experience in Haiti prior to and after the 2010 disaster. UNICEF’s new report Children of Haiti Two Years After is available at unicef.ca/helphaiti. Commentary also available from Canadian UNICEF staff in Port-au-Prince.

Who: UNICEF Canada President and CEO David Morley

What: Progress made in Haiti since January 2010 earthquake, priorities and challenges in 2012 and beyond

Where: Toronto (Canadian UNICEF spokespeople also available from Port-au-Prince) 

When: Children of Haiti Two Years After report released January 9, 2012
            2nd Anniversary of Haiti earthquake January 12, 2012

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For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.